How to: Shoot Sunsets

It doesn’t matter what kind of photographer you are, from pro tog to camera-phone twitter warrior, you will have, at one point, shot a sunset. As spring has sprung and the weather is giving us more opportunities to get out and shoot stuff, its time to open up the creative tool box on how to get the most out……


Watermarks (to mark, or not to mark)…

A watermark is a marque, symbol, logo or simple text that a photographer will place over their work in order to inform the viewer who shot the image – effectively standing in for a signature on the art. Sometimes watermarks are even used to obscure the image, and to prevent unlicensed……


Basics: Composition – 5 Simple Tips for Better Results.

Spring has sprung and as we get out with our cameras a bit more it is time to consider Composition.

Whatever your subject, be it a landscape, a smiling baby, your car or pet or whatever, how you fit your subject (and other elements) into the image is called composition.

 

This article is for Beginners,……


The Truth About: Local Event Photography

 

In response to comments from colleagues who came into photography the same way that I did, this post offers an insight to what its like shooting event photography, focusing on smaller local events.

When I got into photography I realised that I could use it as a tool to become part of my local community: shooting local art events, dance……


The Truth About Photography Pricing – Highstreet Studio

Today I’m going to do something I probably shouldn’t: I’m going to talk photography pricing.

Not many togs like to openly discuss this as it kinda opens them up to insult and excommunication, especially in close-knit niches of the trade, but now more than ever, with the current economic climate, consumer photography is a tough market.

 

Before……


Introduction to: Creative Lighting

Creative lighting is a critical part of creative photography. We refer here to photography were the the lighting is purposefully and tactically positioned to give your images the look you want.

This article is aimed at the BEGINNER/INTERMEDIATE  to get them used to the concepts of deliberate lighting, which are effective across many areas……


How To: Make Your Own Grids (aka Ghetto Grids)

We’ve discussed elsewhere about creative light modifiers, and one type of which is called a grid. Grids effectively cut down light spread from your source, making the beam narrower, and the edges harder. They come in a range of brands, shapes, sizes and costs. Rather than shelling out around £15 a grid for your flashgun,……


Basics: Understanding Simple Lighting

 

Lighting your image properly is  often key to getting the correct feeling and style in your image. Any photo you have ever taken will have been lit (obviously!), but how much did you think about it at the time?

This is a BASIC guide to understanding a little bit about lighting in your photos and how……


Basics: Understanding your camera

Understanding how your camera works is really key in getting the most out of your kit – and thus the most out of your images

 

The truth is: you don’t need to know everything. The design, the choice of sensor type, the interlacing electronic protocols or the type of glass in the lens is interesting for some (and often……


How To: Shoot Hair Swooshes using Creative Lighting

As a technical photographer I shy away from most “traditional” portraits. I like to shoot high impact creative shoots, as is evident from my galleries. This article explains how to shoot one of my favourite styles, remembered affectionately as The Swooshy Hair shoot.

 

Theory

We are going to refrain from lighting the model directly in this shoot……